With many weddings canceled in 2020 due to COVID, 2021 and 2022 will hopefully be the year many commit to tying the knot. Choosing the right wedding photographer for your wedding is important – as the photos they take will stay with you for the rest of your life. The last thing you want is to receive unflattering photos of your special day. When it comes to searching for your wedding photographer, I know how tough it can be. To assist you in your process, I’ve put tips on how to find a wedding photographer:
How to find a wedding photographer
When it comes to finding your wedding photographer, there are numerous ways to go about it. If you know of any friends or family members who have recently gotten married, ask them for a recommendation. Recommendations are always a good bet as you know someone who has used them before. If not, then a quick Google search of photographers in your area should bring up a list of potential wedding photographers for you to choose from. If you find one you like, make sure you check out their reviews to see what people are saying about them.
An alternative method could be to put a post in a Facebook wedding group and see if any of their members have a recommendation for you.
How long do you need a wedding photographer for?
This is very much dependent on you. Most wedding photographers will offer a variety of packages with different timeframes within this. Normally the standard offering is to cover your wedding up until (or right after) your first dance. If you want them to stay the whole night and cover your evening party, they typically will, but with an additional charge. If you have the budget, some will cover the day after when you and your guests are having breakfast together, but this depends on whether your guests are staying over at your venue.
What to ask wedding photographers
The questions you want to ask your photographer will vary depending on your circumstance. The most common ones to ask are:
- What’s your experience with weddings?
- What wedding day packages do you offer?
- What information do you need from us before the wedding?
- Do you have any testimonials?
- What time will you arrive at our venue?
- Is there a limit on the number of photos you will take?
- What time will you stay until?
- Do you offer a package with a secondary photographer?
Choosing your wedding photographer
First off, look over their portfolio and compare it to the other photographers you have enquired with. Think about the type of photos they are taking and whether you like them and would like that type of style for your wedding.
Photographer costs can be expensive, so make sure you compare prices and testimonials to check if other clients have been happy with their experience. The chances are most of your options will be perfect for the wedding, but you always want to do your due diligence before choosing them as your wedding photographer.